The desire to fight back is great, especially seeing as he had to settle for the lowest step of the rostrum last time out at Jerez. First, a demotion from third to fourth, and then a Sunday that was all about playing catch up. Johnny Rea arrives in Misano with 41 points to make up to Alvaro Bautista.
And yet, despite the gap, the Kawasaki rider has no intention of giving in: “Misano is definitely a special track - comments the Cannibal - It is the scene of my first ever SBK win in 2009 and the whole atmosphere of being in Italy, and right by the beach, means it has a great feeling to it. And people always come out and watch as well."
Rea knows where he needs to start, even more so following the team's recent private test at Jerez: “It is the perfect place to go to and try and get back the feeling we had in Imola and some previous races. We had a really strong test at Misano just a few weeks ago, where I was both fast and consistent, so we have a really good idea where to start FP1 from, and then build forward from there. I will work with all my crew to maximise our potential.”
On the other side of the garage, Leon Haslam is looking to make up for recent results: “Jerez was a tough weekend last time out but we did a private test after the race weekend and in my opinion we made some really big steps. The whole year I have been trying to adapt my style to how this bike needs to be ridden, especially with the electronics."
Leon feels confident ahead of the Misano round: “We made a big step (at Jerez) so I want to take that on to the next round in Misano. I like the track and hopefully we can restart my season and try to get back on that podium.”